Plans to slash the size of a Co-op supermarket in Kidlington for new housing are set to be reconsidered after intervention from the parish council. The decision to permit 52 flats above and alongside the supermarket in High Street – put forward by Cantay Estates – was made with the narrowest of margins when councillors voted seven to six in favour of the plans. Kidlington Parish Council has discussed the plans and considered it is ‘over-development’ of the area and would bring about a loss in retail space in the region.
County councillor for the area and parish councillor, Maurice Billington told that the original decision was only made on the chairman’s casting vote and the parish council has since gone through the motions to bring it back to planning committee. It is because we felt it was over-development and also there was no retail on the site – and it is a good opportunity to have a couple of more shops in the middle of Kidlington. Before the application was approved earlier this year a residents’ petition and councillors themselves expressed concern over the loss of retail space and the scale of the buildings.
District council planners discussed the scheme for more than one hour followed by an indifference that led the chairman casting the final vote. In the response to the concerns, Midcounties Cooperative Society said its reasons for the plan was a response to falling trade, with the store now too large for the needs of Kidlington. The plans will be produced before Cherwell District Council again next month.